A Clean, Well-Lighted Place is the story of two waiters, one young and one old, and their café's deaf, alcoholic, and aged patron late one night in Spain. The story makes a measured and deliberate comparison of age and youth, dwelling on concepts like suicide, love, time, and futility. It links these concepts to a simple symbolic system of light and shadow, with age symbolized by darkness and youth by light.

Summary of A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

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